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Pair arraigned in fatal shooting at party store

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

Clinton Township — Two people have been arraigned in the slaying of party store owner Emil Salem, who died Thursday after exchanging gunfire with an armed robber, according to police.

Ujuan Kirdell Burton

Ujuan Kirdell Burton, 31, of Oak Park was arraigned Tuesday afternoon in 41B District Court on four charges: homicide/felony murder, which is a life sentence; armed robbery, life sentence; felony firearm, a two-year sentence; and felon in possession of a firearm, a five-year sentence.

Burton — who on Tuesday was moved to Clinton Township from a hospital in Toledo — was not eligible for bond and was remanded to the Macomb County Jail.

Shardae Lynett Burt of Detroit was arraigned on charges of being an accessory after the fact for allegedly taking Burton to Toledo for treatment.

Shardae Lynett Burt

Burt, 30, was remanded to the Macomb County Jail after being unable to post a $100,000 cash or surety bond.

At about 11 p.m. Thursday, police say Burton entered Bernie's Market in the 39900 block of Garfield and tried to rob the store. Salem, 50, died at the scene after exchanging gunfire with Burton, who was wounded in the face and the foot.

Bernie's Market was also one of four Clinton Township businesses that were robbed about a month earlier by a different suspect who was quickly arrested by police.

According to the Offender Tracking Information System, Burton has an extensive criminal record and has previously been convicted of felony firearm, armed robbery and assault with intent to rob while armed.

Clinton Township police thanked the Findlay, Ohio, police department and the Hancock County Sheriff's Department for helping with the case.

Salem's death is an eerie and tragic marker of the nearly one-year anniversary of another Clinton Township party store owner was also shot and killed during a robbery.

Basim Sulaka was fatally shot March 28, 2014, at the Moon Lite Party Store on Harper after robbers emptied the store's cash registers. Four men were arrested and have been charged in his death.

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